In his first season in New Orleans, LB looks to make an
immediate impact on the field.
The 6'0, 241 pound linebacker joins the team after
spending the past four seasons in Atlanta.
Lofton was drafted by the Falcons in the second round of
the 2008 NFL Draft from the University of Oklahoma. As a
Falcon, he started 63 of 64 games and recorded 577
tackles (387 solo), four sacks, three interceptions,
seven forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 15 passes
defensed. In 2011, Lofton logged double-digit tackles in
This season, the former Sooner is learning a new
defensive system put in place by first-year Saints
Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who is a newcomer
like himself. Lofton is working hard to become one of the
leaders of the Saints defense.
"Curtis has been everything we thought he would be and
more," said Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt.
"He continues to get better and is mastering the system.
He has some natural leadership qualities and he wants to
win. He has been great."
Lofton acknowledges that challenges will arise while
learning a new defense with a new team but recognizes the
improvements he has made during the offseason workouts.
While making stops at or near the line of scrimmage has
always been his forte' and priority, Lofton has worked
hard to shed about ten pounds this offseason, to increase
his versatility at different positions and also help him
"It's challenging because there is a lot on my plate as
the middle linebacker," added the Kingfisher, Okla.
native. "I have grown a lot as a player in this system. I
will keep continuing to improve every day."
Coach Spagnuolo has talked about the importance of having
a middle linebacker that fully grasps the system.
Spagnuolo plans to use his middle linebacker as his coach
on the field for the defense, making adjustments and
calling audibles while passing along information to the
other ten defenders.
"He (Spagnuolo) puts a lot of the decision-making on the
player in the course of practice and in the course of a
game," said Vitt. "Lofton has great communication skills.
As you watch him practice, he is calling audibles and
getting (the team) in better defenses every day."
Lofton hopes he can take what he studies and perform the
same duties during the season and beyond. He hopes the
lessons learned as player will help him as a coach on the
high school level once his playing days are over.
"I want to coach on the high school level when I finish
playing," said Lofton. "I want to stay on that level
mainly because I want to be a family man and have kids. I
want to be able to help them out and coach them."
While Lofton attended Kinfisher (Okla.) High School, he
led his team to the 3A State Championship in 2003 and the
semifinals in 2004 on his way to being named All-State by
the coaches and The Oklahoman.
"To me, that is where the game is purest," said Lofton.
"Everyone loves it and everyone loves playing."